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AN EVENING WITH JAZZ VIOLINIST AARON WEINSTEIN

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018, 7 p.m.

Hosted by Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH

Widely considered one of the finest jazz violinists of his generation, Aaron Weinstein has been a featured soloist at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and in festivals around the world He’s performed and recorded with jazz icons like John Pizzarelli (who calls Aaron “a perfect musician”), Annie Ross and NY Pops founder, Skitch Henderson. Also a master of deadpan comedy, he’s been dubbed “The Groucho of the Violin” by Tony Bennett. Weinstein appears in celebration of Interplay Jewish Theatre’s 7th anniversary.

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Caricature courtesy of Ken Fallin

CHURCH & STATE

CHURCH & STATE

By JASON ODELL WILLIAMS

Two Staged Readings

Directed by FRED STERNFELD and featuring: Chris Bizub, John Busser, Ursula Cataan*, Klara Hricik and Kristin Netzband* (*appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association)

MONDAY, JUNE 25 & TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2018, at 7 p.m.

Hosted by DOBAMA THEATRE, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH

On the eve of his bid for re-election, a North Carolina senator finds his off-the-cuff remark to a blogger a potential career ender. In the aftermath of a school shooting, he questioned out loud his own faith in God. With dueling advice from his devoutly Christian wife and his liberal Jewish campaign manager, he must minimize the damage to his career and his soul. Church & State, “A Serious Comedy, Honest to God,” is an explosive look at our broken political system. In 2017, the play was nominated for Best New Play by the Off Broadway Alliance.

New York-based Jason Odell Williams is an Emmy-nominated writer and producer whom the L.A. Times has dubbed “a postmodern Clifford Odets.” Other play titles include: Handle with Care (New York Times Critics’ Pick); The Science of Guilt, The Jungle Gym and Baltimore in Black & White. He and his wife, Charlotte Cohn, have adapted Personal Statement, his first novel, for the big screen.

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The Interview

By FAYE SHOLITON

Three staged readings

Monday, April 23, 

Tuesday, April 24, and

Wednesday, April 25,  at 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by DOBAMA THEATRE, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Hts., OH

Featuring Dorothy Silver, Laura Perrotta,* Jacqi Loewy,*  Ryan Vincent and Margi Zitelli

(*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association)

Fifty years after her liberation from the Nazi death camps, Bracha Weissman still suffers the aftermath of her old trauma. When she allows Ann Meshenberg, the child of other survivors, into her home to take testimony for an archival videotaping project, Bracha considers the legacy she has left her own daughter. The Interview is a story about mothers, daughters and memory, about forgiving and being forgiven. Among the play’s honors: an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and winner of three national new play contests. It has been produced on more than three dozen stages around the U.S. in the past 20 years. The event is part of the Holocaust Theater International Initiative’s “Remembrance Readings,” organized by the National Jewish Theatre Foundation. It is supported, in part, by a gift from the late Anne DesRosiers.

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STILL STANDING

INTERPLAY JOINS WITH ANSHE CHESED FAIRMOUNT TEMPLE

TO PRESENT

STILL STANDING: A Musical Survival Guide for Life’s Catastrophes

Written and performed by ANITA HOLLANDER

SATURDAY, NOV. 18, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood, OH

New York-based actor/singer/songwriter ANITA HOLLANDER wrote her evening of original songs to chronicle a journey that began when she was a college student stricken with cancer. A recurrence when she was 26 led to the amputation of one leg, leaving her to perform for more than three decades on the other one. The New York Times review of STILL STANDING called her “provocative, funny, moving, communicative and beautifully polished [with] a wide rainbow of vocal colors that she uses with dramatic sensitivity as well as comic insights…. plus a charming presence that flavors everything she does.” She has performed the show off Broadway, at the White House, across America and around the world. She returns to her native Cleveland for this one-time event, with her sister Rachel signing for the hearing impaired.

A $10 donation is requested at the door, by cash or check. The event is underwritten, in part, by the Roy and Eunice Berko Fund at Interplay.

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ULYSSES ON BOTTLES

ULYSSES ON BOTTLES

By Gilad Evron

Translated by Evan Fallenberg

Directed by Scott Miller and featuring Bob Abelman, Joel Hammer*, Laura Perrotta*, Chris Richards* & Greg White (*appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Assn)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 17 & MONDAY, SEPT. 18, 2017, both at 7 p.m.

Hosted by DOBAMA THEATRE, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Hts., OH

A man known only as “Ulysses” has just sailed his raft made of plastic bottles through a naval blockade of Gaza. His cargo: cartons of Russian Literature destined for Palestinians living there. Israeli authorities are obliged to charge him for his act of defiance, but in so doing, they must listen to what motivated it. The Jerusalem Post called Ulysses on Bottles “an allegory on the definition of freedom, what it means, what it entails and what it demands.” Ulysses was named winner of the 2012 Israel Theatre Prize for Best Original Play.

Discussion follows both performances.

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